South Africa – A Modern Day Story of the Titanic


Living on a sinking ship:

South Africa - A Modern Day Story of the Titanic

South Africa – A Modern Day Story of the Titanic

My whole life I have moved around, from one part of our country to another, even from nation to nation in Africa. But, all of my life I have lived, learned and loved in Africa. I saw this great continent as my place of belonging, my place to rest my weary head. A land of brilliant sunshine, refreshing rains, cool oceans, tropical bliss, and wide open spaces.

I have loved the people of every colour, culture and tribe, believing that one day we would live together in harmony, despite our differences, all because we all love this land with such intensity and passion.

I learned of the many wars fought between settlers and locals, the different rule and reign of colonial nations, the slaves, the Voortrekkers, the armies, the Missionaries, all who had walked across these African plains, all who had come here out of love and hope, as well as greed and selfish gain. Our history is rich with struggle, yet all found their place under the African sun.

My hopes all started to trickle away as I learned in recent times that the hope I clung to was a dream, never a reality. This continent does not desire peace, or harmony, or unity. This continent and my nation South Africa desire hatred, murder, crime, greed and war.
This continent does not allow anyone to rest their weary heads and live and dream in peace and contentment.

Their desire for evil this outweighs the desire for good. The people full of bloodlust and selfish entitlement. Though Missionaries have brought the Gospel of Peace and Christianity been preached far and wide, this continent chooses the Evil One over The Prince of Peace.

We are 3rd Class Passengers of this ‘Vessel’:

  • Imagine realising that you, your children, born and bred of the soil and toil of your nation, are no longer allowed to live and prosper in the land of your birth.
  • Imagine knowing for a fact that every measure was being enforced to disenfranchise and dis-empower your people, your future and those of generations to come.
  • Imagine witnessing 1000’s of your people brutally robbed, tortured, maimed and murdered.
  • Imagine finding out that your chances of employment and your right to education was being stripped away, leaving your people destitute. Imagine reading about legislation passed that prevented any charitable or social welfare organisation assisting anyone who was left destitute or desperate.
  • Imagine seeing reports of your people’s children being statistically the highest target for child prostitution and slavery in the 21st Century. Worst of all, imagine the realisation that this is all at the hand of the government who rules your land, all their initiative and incentive, which they had decided that your people must either flee the land or face certain death.

And then to make it even more unbearable, finding out that the world thought that it was justice well overdue, and you and your people deserved every bit of the suffering and slaughter you were facing and receiving, that no one would even lift a finger to save you as now it was your time to pay, and pay, and pay again for the ‘sins of your forefathers’.

Other nations in Africa had international intervention when genocide spread like a virus throughout their lands, but your land was left to lie in its own blood.

I can’t help but see the similarity of this situation with that of the Jews, having no nation to call home for years, forced to scatter across the world, with no place to call their own, no place to rest their weary heads. They now have their own nation, but at a cost. But, it is still theirs to live and love, to work and play, to fight and struggle for.

South African Caucasians have NO PLACE TO CALL THEIR OWN. No place to go that they can call their own, no place to rest their weary heads.

The world has done a brilliant job of incriminating the ‘white’ minority to such an extent, with the help of course of the Communists, who now rule here, that we are now seen as the blight of the earth.

Our distant cousins from Europe refuse to lift a finger to help us but have completely cut us off, left to die in the dust of death. They take no responsibility for bringing us here, for offering us the opportunity to live and work here for them generations ago.

1000 upon 1000 have fled to far off lands, leaving their families and friends to struggle on for life on a sinking ship, leaving a remnant behind now forecast to be certain of extinction.
Some fight for our cause, taking our plight to as many as would hear our plight, but to date, none have sent out a ‘rescue ship’ for those left behind.

South Africa is a modern day story of the Titanic. The few elite take the few Lifeboats to safety, while the 3rd Class are left to fend for themselves. Everyone said the ship was unsinkable, a miracle man made creation of the modern age. South Africa has been called the miracle nation of Africa. A lavish and opulent vessel, built to endure the harshest conditions, on it’s maiden voyage, hits an iceberg and sinks within minutes. South Africa, a wealthy and self sustaining nation, built to endure and sustain itself, hits a political ‘iceberg’, one that seems puny and of not much magnitude, no one knew what lay beneath the seemingly still and quiet waters. The promise of peace and unity, the seemingly innocuous and benign government, who the whole world thought was heroic and courageous, has become our demise.

While we sink, send off flares, shout and scream, the distant ships look on ignoring our cries of distress, never hearing our constant SOS alerts sent out.

We cry out to God, “Save our souls!”

Will this be the last song sung before we slip into the watery political grave?

Was no lesson learned from Titanic, are we destined to repeat the past and our grievous mistakes?

One last time we cry out, “Lord save our souls!!!”

South Africa – A Modern Day Story of the Titanic

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Plase nié ‘spesiale gebiede’ – minister


Plase is nie spesiale gebiede in gemeenskappe nie en verdien nie meer polisiefokus as enige ander gebied in die land nie, het Nathi Mthethwa, minister van polisie, Donderdag gesê.

Plase nié 'spesiale gebiede' – minister

Nathi Mthethwa

“Ek weier om toe te tree tot die idee dat plase spesiale gebiede in ons samelewing is,” het hy op ‘n ontbytvergadering in Johannesburg gesê.

“Nee, hulle is nie. Hulle vorm deel van die landelike beveiligingsplan.”

Mthethwa het gesê die beveiligingsplan hanteer misdaad en geweld in al die landelike gebiede.

“Ons praat van die nedersettings en die algemene misdaad is in die landelike gebiede. Hier het ons ook plase.”

Mthethwa het gesê sekere landbougroepe maak plaasmoorde ‘n politieke kwessie.

Op 15 Januarie het die burgerregte-organisasie AfriForum gesê Mthethwa se swye oor plaasaanvalle grens aan sameswering.

“Die minister se stilte oor die toename van plaasaanvalle is ‘n skande,” het Ernst Roets, adjunk- uitvoerende hoof van Afri­Forum, gesê.

“Indien die minister ernstig is oor die beskerming van Suid-Afrikaners, sou hy plaasaanvalle jare gelede tot ‘n prioriteitsmisdaad verklaar het.”

Roets het reageer op berigte van ‘n bejaarde paartjie wat op hul plaas naby Parys in die Vrystaat vermoor is.

Mthethwa het ook die behoefte van ‘n groter oorsig vir die polisie bespreek.

– SAPA

Plase nié ‘spesiale gebiede’ – minister

Skilled people told to leave SA


A skilled but jobless professional is fed up after hearing endless excuses from recruiting agencies or told to leave SA. He writes:

Good day,

Your article states that South Africa is in need of skilled professionals but my problem is that finding work through agencies is made impossible, as they only see qualifications and disregard experience.

There are even agencies out there that recommend specialists to leave South Africa.

I am fortunate to be in the position where I have both qualifications and work experience. However, the greatest difficulty I have is with the recruiting agencies that either do not understand how to market skilled professionals, or just want to make a quick buck with little or no regard to a proper placement.

I have a very broad technical background in IT with 15 years’ work experience, ranging from service delivery/management (ITIL) over information security (ISO, IT risk management, PCI standards and digital encryption) straight through to IT infrastructure management, with some IT project management.

For the last 2.5 years I have gone through the standard application to advertised vacancies and registration on the most popular job sites, but have not found a contact person or recruitment agency that can help me proactively market my skills to a potential employer that can make use of my skills.

Below I have listed the most typical excuses I get to hear, when I am declined for a position I have applied for:

Overqualified
Too technical (for a technical job)
Too senior (for a senior technical position)
Too management-orientated (for jobs that originally stated experience with ISO & PCIDSS)
Too much management experience
Stay in the wrong area (northern suburbs versus southern)
Wrong ethnic background
Too passionate

At the moment I am struggling with staying motivated due to the continuous rejections, and I have great doubts about my future here in South Africa.

Told to leave SA

Aanvallers skiet pa dood – Kempton Park


Aanvallers het ’n pa van Bredell, Kempton Park, gister in die vroeë oggendure koelbloedig deur die venster van sy slaapkamer op die eerste verdieping van sy huis doodgeskiet.

Aanvallers skiet pa dood - Kempton Park

Chantell en Manfred Schmidt. Inbrekers het hom in sy slaapkamer doodgeskiet.

Manfred Schmidt (42) se vrou, Chantell, het onder die bed ingekruip, maar haar man se moordenaars het haar aan haar bene daar uitgesleep.

Toe die egpaar se 14-jarige tweelingseuns, Kyle en Brendan, kom kyk wat aangaan, het die moordenaars hulle ook met ’n wapen aangehou en op hulle gevloek.

Nadat die aanvallers twee skootrekenaars en drie selfone geroof het, het hulle by die huis van Chris van Niekerk, Manfred se swaer, op dieselfde landbouhoewe probeer inbreek.

Die Schmidts was nog besig met werk aan hul nuwe huis op die hoewe in Charlesstraat waarop Van Niekerk en Chantell se pa, Jackie Andrews, in aparte huise naby mekaar woon.

Dis net enkele kilometers van die plaas by Olifantsfontein waar Eddie Fouché, ’n plaasvoorman, Maandagoggend vermoor en Gert van Wyk, sy werkgewer, gewond is. Van Wyk was gister nog in ’n bedenklike toestand.

In die jongste voorval het vermoedelik vier rowers gisteroggend net ná 02:00 blykbaar by die hoek van ’n 2 m hoë baksteenmuur met elektriese draad bo-op geklim en daarna ’n leer gebruik om by die slaapkamervenster op die eerste verdieping uit te kom.

“Hulle het blykbaar probeer om die venster verder oop te maak en die blindings voor die venster weg te trek,” het Van Niekerk gesê.

“Manfred het dit gehoor en opgespring, toe skiet hulle hom dood. Chantell het gegil en probeer om onder die bed in te kruip.

“In daardie stadium was die inbrekers reeds in die kamer en het haar aan haar bene onder die bed uitgesleep.

“Die seuns het kom kyk wat aangaan en is met die vuurwapen gedreig.”

Die rowers is met twee skootrekenaars en drie selfone vort.

“Ons krag het sowat ’n uur voor die aanval afgegaan. Toe ek ná die skoot en die gil buite op my balkon kom, kon ek figure daar by Manny se huis sien,” het Van Niekerk gesê.

“Van hulle was ook besig om op die grondvlak van my huis te probeer inbreek. Ek het vier waarskuwingskote in die gras voor die huis geskiet.

“Die rowers het oor die muur geklim en verdwyn.”

Van Niekerk het die noodknoppie van die veiligheidsmaatskappy gedruk en hulle en die polisie was kort daarna daar.

Lede van die forensiese ondersoekspan het verskeie vingerafdrukke gekry waar die aanvallers oor die muur geklim het.

Vriende en ’n traumaberader het Chantell en die seuns gisteroggend in die huis ondersteun.

Volgens kapt. Jethro Mtshali, polisiewoordvoerder van Kempton Park, ondersoek die polisie verskeie leidrade, maar is niemand nog in hegtenis geneem nie.

Deur Wolfram Zwecker – 2013-01-30

Boewe klouter op, skiet pa dood

Telkom sponsoring New Age breakfast


Telkom is sponsoring Thursday’s New Age Business Breakfast with Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa.

Telkom Mangaung mess waiting: analyst

However, neither the newspaper nor Telkom on Wednesday would say how much the sponsorship was costing the utility.

TNA spokesperson Gary Naidoo said he did not know how much Telkom was spending.

Telkom spokesperson Pynee Chetty said: “Details of Telkom’s product advertising agreements and sponsorship between Telkom and its media stakeholders are confidential.”

Earlier this month, City Press reported that some the biggest state-owned companies were paying millions of rands to bankroll the business breakfasts hosted by the Gupta family.

These included Transnet, Telkom and Eskom.

It was previously reported that Telkom sponsored 12 business breakfasts to the tune of R12m in the 2012/13 financial year, according to the newspaper.

Following the report Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille pulled out of a TNA breakfast, saying she did not know it was sponsored using public funds.

This saw Zille and the newspaper come to loggerheads.

The newspaper responded by uploading a video of Zille thanking Telkom for sponsoring a previous TNA breakfast she attended.

Zille on Wednesday said TNA heavyweights tried to dissuade the DA from asking parliamentary questions on the paper’s funding.

The newspaper denied the claim.

Zille said she had written to President Jacob Zuma asking for a commission of inquiry to be appointed to probe the funding of the newspaper.

– SAPA

Telkom sponsoring New Age breakfast

ANC sidelining non-blacks


Grassroots members of the African National Congress (ANC) believe the party is sidelining non-black supporters, according to a potentially politically explosive study published on Wednesday.

ANC sidelining non-blacks

Research by the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation showed ANC members who are not black feel left out because of their race.

“Generally speaking branch members have deep seated concerns with non-racialism in the ANC and in society more broadly,” said the report posted on the foundation’s website.

One respondent told the researchers that “in the ANC racism is still very strong and it can be proven any day anywhere”.

Another said “the ANC is more racist than any political party at the moment”.

The ANC “preaches about being non-racist… but is doing the opposite”, added another party member.

The impression that the party promotes the interests of blacks first has seen its support base eaten away in sections of the population, the report concluded.

“Indeed the perception [whether real or imagined] that the ANC is advancing only the interests of Africans has led to loss of electoral support in ‘minority areas’.”

The study was conducted in the country’s largest city and its economic hub, Johannesburg.

Respondents were sampled from four main groups – blacks, whites, Indians and coloureds.

Branch members in the predominately coloured Eldorado Park neighbourhood and those in the highbrow and mainly white suburb of Sandton “are frustrated with the party and feel much anger about the way they are treated”, the report said.

“This has made the role of being an ANC branch member in these areas very challenging, and often thankless.”

The results of the study showed that the party which prides itself as an example of democracy in Africa, has fewer members of the minority races occupying leadership positions at branch level.

“Many branch members are disillusioned about the manner in which members are awarded senior positions,” said the study, with many believing these are “only open to Africans”.

“This raises significant questions about democracy in the party,” it added.

ANC officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

While acknowledging that race relations have significantly improved since the ANC took to office nearly two decades ago, the study noted that members also feared broader societal trends.

“Branch members feel not enough change has taken place and that racial tensions are impeding social cohesion and concomitant growth and progress in the country.”

– AFP

ANC accused of sidelining non-black members

Nkandla’s main contractor liquidated


THE main contractor, Bonelena Construction, upgrading President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla residence is being liquidated for owing R175 000 — despite earning a fortune from government contracts.

Nkandla's main contractor liquidated

Jacob Zuma’s homestead – Nkandla

Bonelena Construction, Enterprise and Projects secured two major deals worth R100 million in connection with the R240 million presidential security upgrade alone.

NKANDLAGATE: How R 248 Million (of YOUR Tax monies) was spent!

It is now being liquidated for failing to pay for the vans and trucks it rented from the Durban branch of Reebib Rentals. Reebib is part of the Avis Group.

The liquidator is Pietermaritzburg-based Berrange Incorporated.

Bonelena is owned by Pietermaritzburg resident Thandeka Nene.

The Witness has also learnt that the Independent Development Corporation (IDC), Bonelena’s largest funder, is also seeking its slice in the liquidation order as they no longer see the company as a profitable entity. Attempts to further question the IDC on this point proved unsuccessful.

A search revealed that Nene has secured contracts from the KZN Department of Education, Department of Transport and Department of Public Works from 2007 to build schools, roads and new facilities at hospitals.

Yesterday, The Witness revealed that a man claiming to be a relative of the president, Vincent Zuma, was also seeking money owed to him by Bonelena.

Zuma said he was awarded a R16 million sub-contract by Bonelena in June 2011 to complete the roads within the Nkandla security complex.

He claimed he only ever received R138 000 and never received his site establishment fee of R2 million, forcing him to leave the site in less than six months due to rising debt.

Zuma said yesterday he first met Nene in Inanda, Durban, where he did work for her at a primary school two years ago.

“Even on this contract I battled to get my money out of her.

“They only ever paid me in small amounts over a period of months,” said Zuma.

The Witness can confirm that in June a company called Incledon DPI, a subsidiary of DPI Plastics, which is a supplier of PVC piping, was awarded a sale in execution by the Pietermaritzburg high court against Bonelena.

Items that were to be auctioned included office furniture, computers, copy machines, and kitchen appliances. It is unclear if the auction took place however according to the firm representing Incledon, GDLK Attorneys, the file has been closed.

Nene has claimed through the press in recent weeks that her company’s financial problems stem from the fact that the department has yet to pay them.

Questions sent to Bonelena for Nene’s attention via email and sms yesterday asking for further clarity on just how much they had been paid for their work on Prestige Project A, clarification on whether the company is being liquidating, if they would seek legal action against DPW and whether they had completed their work at the Nkandla security complex were not responded too.

To seek clarity on liquidation consulting independent attorney, Yolanda Gielink said if a company cannot pay its debt, it may be liquidated of its own accord or by way of application by the creditors.

The process of an application for liquidation of a company appears to expedite the process of debt recovery,” said Getlink.

She said it is not uncommon for business person to keep their personal assets separate from the juristic entities their businesses operate under.

“This practice however does not however safeguard the personal assets 100%, as acquisition and dispossession of assets, if investigated, may still be attached if found to have been made in anticipation of liquidation,” said Getlink.

Public Works said it would not comment on whether Bonelena had been paid for work completed because the presidential compound was protected as a “National Key Point”.

Siboniso Soni, who identified himself as Nene’s spokesperson, failed to respond to several requests for comment.

By Jonathan Erasmus – 30 Nov 2012

Nkandla contractor liquidated owing R175 000

Fraud – Northern Cape ANC leader & officials


Northern Cape ANC leader John Block is due to appear in the Kimberley Magistrate’s Court on Thursday facing fraud and racketeering charges.

Fraud - Northern Cape ANC leader and officials

Northern Cape ANC leader John Block is due to appear in the Kimberley Magistrate’s Court to face fraud and racketeering charges.

The allegations relate to government departments purchasing water purification equipment at inflated prices in 2005 and 2006.

Accused with Block is Intaka Holdings director Gaston Savoi.

The pair, together with former senior Sol Plaatje municipal officials, are also due to appear in the Kimberly High Court in April this year for their fraud and corruption trial.

In this case, Block, Savoi, former Sol Plaatje mayor Patrick Lenyibi, municipal manager Frank Mashilo and chief financial officer Nandipha Madiba face charges of fraud, corruption and contravening the Municipal Finance Management Act. Accused with them is Intaka Holdings industrial director Fernando Praderi.

The charges relate to the acquisition of a portable water purification unit by the Sol Plaatje municipality for Ritchie, an area near Kimberley, in April 2011.

It is alleged that Intaka was paid more than R2.7-million before the plant was installed or commissioned. The Sol Plaatje municipality includes Kimberley and surrounding areas such as Ritchie and Modder River.

– Sapa

Block is due in court

Eskom hike to hit municipalities hard


Municipalities will bear the brunt of Eskom’s proposed tariff hike, the SA Local Government Association said on Wednesday.

Eskom hike to hit municipalities hard

Electricity pylons in Beaufort West. Nersa is holding public hearings on Eskom’s proposed revenue price determination. (Picture: Chris Kirchhoff/MCSA)

“This price hike will drive them to what we call a municipal tipping point… It will drive them to a point where they wouldn’t be able to meet the basic needs of the public,” Salga working group chairperson Subesh Pillay told a National Energy Regulator of SA (Nersa) public hearing in Midrand.

He said many municipalities were already financially stranded and in debt to Eskom.

Salga municipal infrastructure services director Mthobeli Kolisa explained that municipalities would battle to maintain their Eskom bill, as things such as street lighting would be more expensive.

The proposed electricity price increase – a 16% price hike for each of the next five years – would more than double the price of electricity over five years, taking it from 61 cents a kilowatt hour in 2012/13, to 128 cents a kWh in 2017/18.

Kolisa pointed out that over 10 years (from 2007 to 2017) Eskom would have increased the electricity price 600%.

He argued that while the proposed tariff plan made provision for the poor, the middle class, who were currently able to pay for electricity, might no longer be able to do so in future. “Review the increase and stretch it over 10 years instead of five,” Kolisa recommended.

He urged the panel to strike a balance with Eskom and municipalities and consider the implications.

The Nersa hearings, chaired by Thembani Bukula, are being held to gather views on Eskom’s multi-year price determination (MYPD3) application.

Earlier, Eskom’s finance director Paul O’Flaherty said it needed the increase to maintain revenue and cover operating costs.

He said if Eskom merely minimised operating costs, as had been suggested, the servicing of machinery would be neglected and there would have to be massive staff reductions.

Eskom hike to hit municipalities hard

Policeman Charged with Numerous Counts of Rape and Kidnappings


A suspended Johannesburg policeman, who has been formally charged with 14 counts of rape, allegedly committing some of the crimes while on duty. 31-year-old Mokolo Molekoa is facing 37 charges in total. The constable appeared in court on Tuesday.

Policeman Charged with Numerous Counts of Rape and Kidnappings

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